05/22/15 3:10pm

Alexandria Food & Wine Festival in Carlyle area of Alexandria, Virginia
The 4th Annual Alexandria’s Food & Wine Festival is set to return this summer at a new waterfront location on Saturday, June 27th. This year’s event will take place from 12:00 PM – 6:00 PM on Old Town Alexandria, Virginia’s waterfront at Oronoco Bay Park.

The festival is a community-based event featuring tastes of local foods and wine, as well as artisans, a Children’s Corner, and live entertainment. The event will transform Oronoco Bay Park into a lively festival easily accessible by car, Metrorail or Dash Bus.

Attendees will be able to sample food and wine from a variety of local restaurants and Virginia’s wineries. Local restaurants will compete for the best appetizer, the best main course and the best dessert – judged by notable DC foodie judges (to be announced soon). There will also be food demonstrations sponsored by Sur La Table in which they will provide demos throughout the day.

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05/22/15 2:35pm

Alexandria Running Festival Road Map

On Sunday, May 24, from 5:00 AM to 11:00 AM, the westbound lanes of Eisenhower Avenue from the Patent and Trademark Office to the 5300 block of Eisenhower Avenue will be closed to vehicle traffic. The eastbound lanes will be used for two-way traffic. In addition, Wheeler Avenue will be closed between Floyd Street and the dead end of Wheeler Avenue.

These closures are to accommodate the Alexandria Running Festival Half Marathon. Expect MAJOR traffic delays in the area.

(Image via Alexandria Running Festival Half Marathon)

05/22/15 1:55pm

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The “Friends of Captain Rocky Versace” invite the public to the 13th Annual Memorial Day Ceremony at the Captain Rocky Versace Plaza and Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial at 11:00 AM on Monday, May 25 at the Mount Vernon Recreation Center at 2701 Commonwealth Ave. The event will honor the 67 Alexandrians who made the ultimate sacrifice during the Vietnam War.

The Program will include reading the names of the 67 heroes, a Tribute to Capt. Rocky Versace written by his fellow POW, COL James N. “Nick” Rowe (USMA 1960), guest speakers, a wreath laying, playing of “Taps” and the singing of “God Bless America.”

The Captain Rocky Versace Plaza and Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial at the Mount Vernon Recreation Center is dedicated to Captain Rocky Versace and the 66 other men who made the ultimate sacrifice during the Vietnam War. The Memorial is an ongoing tribute, not just to the 67 listed on the benches, but to all Alexandrians who served in America’s longest war. The Versace Memorial was dedicated on July 6, 2002 and the Medal of Honor was posthumously presented to the Versace family at the White House two days later.

For more information about Rocky Versace, and the Memorial Day Ceremony, contact the “Friends of Rocky Versace” at FoRV59@gmail.com.

05/22/15 1:27pm

City of Alexandria Police Department
Via APD, the Alexandria Police Department is assisting Metro Transit Police with an investigation in the 2400 block of Central Avenue in Alexandria, Virginia (see below). Expect police activity in the area.

Likely has to do with arrest of father in connection to this morning’s abduction at King Street Metro Station in Alexandria.

(Photo by Cliff, on Flickr)

05/22/15 11:13am

alexandria logoAll Alexandria City government offices will be closed on Monday, May 25, in observance of the Memorial Day holiday.

NOTE: The Alexandria Police Department will suspend enforcement of parking restrictions at metered spaces and residential permit parking districts on May 25. This suspension of enforcement applies only to the restrictions at legal parking spaces, and does not permit parking in any location normally prohibited (for example, no parking zones, loading zones, or spaces for persons with disabilities).

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05/22/15 10:48am

On Memorial Day, Monday, May 25, 2015, Metro service will operate as follows:

  • Metrorail: The system will open at 7 a.m. and close at midnight. Trains will operate on a Sunday schedule. Off-peak fares will be in effect all day, and parking will be free at all Metrorail parking facilities. Take note of scheduled service adjustments on the Red, Blue & Yellow lines.
  • Metrobus: Buses will operate on a Sunday schedule. Check bus timetables for details.
  • MetroAccess: All subscription trips will be cancelled on Monday. Customers wishing to travel on the holiday should make a separate reservation.

In addition, Metro’s customer information call center will be closed Monday in observance of the holiday. Automated information is available 24/7 by calling (202) 637-7000.